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NEW AND OF NOTE

REMEMBER TO SMILE BEFORE EVERY RUN AND RACE!

We need your help recruiting younger runners. If you are attending a high school or middle school cross country meet, look for possible younger runners that are there to support their brothers &/or sisters. Their families are obviously supportive of cross country and will probably be interested in having them join our team. Please take a team flyer with you to the meets in order to provide them with more info.

This Saturday, we welcome everyone to participate in the KC Metro Youth Cross Country Classic directly behind Raymore-Peculiar South Middle School. Please arrive no later than noon. The course walk through will begin at 12:15 p.m., and the race will begin at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your water bottle and stay hydrated.

You must have your 2022 YES-Membership form on file with the team and pay your team membership fee before you can practice &/or compete with the team. Just bring the form and payment to your first practice. Please contact Coach Ramsey if you have any questions or just want to come to a practice to see if running is for you.

Any young athlete wanting to become a better runner is encouraged to be a part of the Brocaw Blazers. You are welcome to join at any point in the season! Our practices start the last week of August and end the week before Thanksgiving. Practices and meets are not required but they are encouraged. Our practices for youth ages 6-14 last less than 60 minutes. We had athletes involved in 10 different sports last year. Our coaches work with the parent(s) to make sure that young athletes are having fun and learning more about proper technique while working around their other sports.

REMEMBER the best way to improve your form and make Coach Ramsey happy is to focus on your form in front of the mirror and at practice!

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. The three most important times to drink water are when you get up, right before bed and one hour before any run. Please remember to always bring water to every run.

There are several bugs going around right now not just COVID-19. Always wash your hands before you eat to help prevent the spread of germs. Avoid touching your eyes, ears, nose and mouth with your hands. If your throat is bothering you and if you feel like you're getting sick, please contact Coach Ramsey! DO NOT come to practice if you feel sick or have a fever!

WEATHER POLICY - Practice will be held rain, snow or shine! The only way practice will be cancelled is if there is lightning in the area of your practice when practice is scheduled to start. We must be ready to run in any type of weather at the national meet. Also, be sure to stuff your shoes full of newspaper to dry them from running in wet conditions. That is absolutely the best way to dry them so that they retain the same shape and size.

Anyone who has outgrown their spikes or red shorts please donate them to us so that we can put them to good use next year. We are also missing a few racing jerseys, red shorts, and spikes that didn't get returned after nationals. Please return them to Coach Ramsey.

Results from the 2021 Cross Country Coaches Youth National Championships in Paris, KY are now available. The meet videos are also posted.

The 2021 National Meet Team Video, the 2021 Team Photo and all of the 2021 National Meet Race Videos have now been posted. A special thank you to Matt Frye, Carolyn Bergin and Drew Mason for making all these possible.

Coach Ramsey highly recommends this outstanding e-book on the role and impact of parents in youth sports. Also, please read and share 8 Tips for Sports Parents To Help Athletes Perform with Confidence.

Coach Ramsey highly recommends this outstanding video and article Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters.


  We now have a facebook page! Our desire is to share pictures of our Brocaw Blazers kids in action. Join us on our page! facebook  

The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance is a great video on the importance of being positive and happy in everything that you do. Enjoy the video and let's get ready to have some fun on the trip and at nationals!

Here are three great running books that Coach Ramsey recommends for your reading enjoyment. UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, CHASING EXCELLENCE: The Remarkable Life and Inspiring Vigilosophy of Coach Joe I. Vigil by Pat Melgares and BORN TO RUN: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.

The following article was written by Coach Ramsey and was first published by The Coaches Insider on Sept 8, 2011. The article was then republished on July 30, 2014. He was asked to write the article to help educate coaches and parents about the most efficient way to train youth distance runners.

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Voted the best cross country picture of any national meet so far!

Just one of the many obstacles that the 2004 Youth Boys team had to overcome to win the team title.